September is National Preparedness Month!
Emergencies, such as damaging acts of nature or community catastrophes, can cause hardship for everyone. But those who live near or below the poverty line, who have even fewer resources, can find their problems compounded during such events. GSH will be collecting supplies and distributing emergency kits to our clients and we need your help!
DID YOU KNOW…
83% of households we help are families with children
We provide stable housing and other services for more than 1,000 working-class families each year
11% of Virginia families live in poverty
We help working households as well as individuals with fixed incomes to obtain housing that is affordable, by providing individualized case management that will help them address structural barriers to long-term housing like poor credit histories, itinerant rental histories, little or no savings, and low incomes.
Are you in need of housing?
GSH provides grants up to $350 per family in the period of a year to prevent evictions and utility disconnections, or help with first months rents and security deposits. Grant applicants are carefully evaluated for factors that lead to long-term housing stability, helping us keep households at risk of homelessness from losing their home. Eligible clients must live within the following zip codes: 22303, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22315, 22060, and 22079.
Are you in need of emergency financial assistance?
School starts this week, and thanks to the assistance of the Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV), HomeAid Northern Virginia, Hollin Hall Curves, Hollin Hall Senior Center, Good Shepherd Catholic Church (Virginia), Mount Vernon At Home and Art at the Center, 95 children in the Mount Vernon area have the school supplies they need to be successful this year.
Virginia House of Delegates 46th District representative Charniele Herring will provide the keynote address at the first annual Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (GSH) Transformations Breakfast on Thursday, September 15, 2016. The Transformations Breakfast is a community event that unites local business leaders, public servants, and community members together in furthering the mission of GSH in combating homelessness and improving the lives of people in need.
- Oct 52016 Golf Outing
Join us at Old Hickory Golf Club for a day out on the greens for a great cause.
- Apr 292017 Transforming Lives Gala
Join us at the Westin Alexandria for an inspirational evening and enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, our signature silent auction, dancing and a delectable dessert bar.
See what some of the families are saying about how GSH was able to help them…
“Thank you so much for helping my family to not have our electricity cut off while we are trying to muddle through these tough times. It is hard to ask for help when you’re used to be self sufficient!”
“We are very grateful for your program. Life has turned for the better for us. After nine months, my husband is now employed again.”-AH
“With the help of GSH, I have been able to improve my life with self-sufficiency, which has placed me in a better position to purchase my first home! GSH is a great program for someone who is in need of a new beginning in their lives and is working towards making some positive changes.”-SS
“We are incredibly grateful to you for your help in helping us prevent our water from being shut off in late summer. God bless.”- LS